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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingNovember 22 - November 28, 2017
Emre Ucer, managing partner/COO of MotoLease, has been named the 2017 Repossession Executive of the Year.

Ucer Named Repo Exec of Year

MotoLease managing partner/COO Emre Ucer has been selected as the 2017 Repossession Executive of the Year, an honor sponsored by Consolidated Asset Recovery Systems.

"Consolidated Asset Recovery Systems is honored to present Emre Ucer with the Repossession Executive of the Year Award," said Terry Groves, co-founder and senior VP at CARS. "Emre is an integral part in leading change and growth within MotoLease. His knowledge and experience in collections, repossessions and remarketing sets him apart as one of the leaders in the powersports industry."

"I'm honored to receive this award on behalf of my team at MotoLease," Ucer said. "I'm delighted for the recognition of how much our team accomplished in the last few years. We always have room for improvement, but we greatly appreciate the recognition."


Woman Planned to Stab Judge

A St. Louis, Missouri, woman angry at a judge's order to repossess her car threatened to stab him and showed up at the courthouse Nov. 2 with a long box cutter, police say.

Valerie D. Mitchell, 57, has been charged with tampering with a judicial officer, a felony, and resisting arrest.

Mitchell called court officials several times and threatened to physically harm Circuit Court Judge Jason Sengheiser, authorities say.

Mitchell indicated that she knew where Sengheiser, who uses a wheelchair, parked when he arrived at work in the morning and planned to wait for him at the wheelchair ramp into the Civil Courts Building.

She was taken into custody when she showed up there.

Sheriff's Capt. Donald Robinson said Mitchell had a nearly 7"-long box cutter wrapped in a scarf and stuffed into a glove inside her backpack.

Mitchell was being held with bail set at $10,000.


Drove Car off Repo [b]Truck, Damaged It

An Oakland City, Indiana, man was recently arrested after authorities said he caused damage to a repo truck by driving a car off of it.

The repo company told officials 32-year-old Uriah Russel jumped in the car as it was being loaded then drove off with it. Officials said he caused damage to the repo truck.

Authorities were able to find Russell. He was arrested and taken to the Gibson County Jail facing criminal mischief charges.

He has since posted bond.


Repo Dispute Hits [b]the Road

Local law enforcement authorities were called after an attempt to repossess a car got out of hand Nov. 5.

The incident began with three employees of a repossession company attempted to repossess a car for a Mount Haley Township, Michigan, couple. During the attempt, a 42-year-old woman jumped in the car.

Before she drove away from the scene, one of the employees hopped into the passenger seat, and she headed off with him inside the car, according to a Midland County Sheriff's Office media log entry. She could not find her phone to call 911, and drove to a Homer Township store to go inside for help.

The woman's husband, as well as the remaining two repossession employees, followed her to the store. They group argued in the parking lot until deputies and police arrived.

Neither side wished to pursue charges and the car was turned over to the repossession employees.


Police: Agent Tows [b]BMW, Thief Wrecks It

Police in Rock Hill, South Carolina, are investigating a report by a repo man who told officers someone tried to steal a BMW he had repossessed before crashing the car.

The driver of a tow truck service told Rock Hill Police Department officers that he repossessed a 2009 BMW in North Carolina on Nov. 2, then towed it to Rock Hill. At the Rock Hill lot, he saw a woman get into the BMW and drive into a dumpster, then plow into another car, the repo man told police.

He said the woman fled the scene with a man driving a Ford pickup, reports show.

Damage to both vehicles was estimated at more than $10,000. The case remains under investigation. No arrests have been made.


GoFundMe Honors [b]Repo Agent

Jim Ford, of Belleville, Illinois, felt terrible when he had to repossess an elderly couple's car in Red Bud. He raised money through GoFundMe to get it back for them, repaired it and filled it with Thanksgiving goodies.

Now, GoFundMe has started GoFundMe Studios, which will share "stories that emerge through GoFundMe." The first will be of Ford and his efforts to help the couple..

"Our platform is home to some of the most uplifting, moving stories about the good in people," said Raquel Rozas, CMO of GoFundMe, in a news release.

Ford first tried to work with the bank that financed Stan and Patty Kipping's car. After that failed, he set up a page on GoFundMe that raised the $2,500 to pay the car plus another $1,000 to help the elderly couple with other bills.

"I'm really ready to crawl under a rock," Ford told the "Belleville News-Democrat" at the time, regarding all the attention he'd received. "All I did was set up a GoFundMe page."

Once the story went national, the GoFundMe account raised an additional $23,000 for the couple.

Ford's help also gave the Red Bud couple a happy final few months together. Stan Kipping died earlier this year.

"Stan and I were at peace because we weren't worrying about bill collectors," Patty Kipping told the BND in April. "I had a happy few months because of what Jim did for us."

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